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Helmsley Holds Christmas Tree Festival

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6:39am 6th December 2012

Helmsley is hosting it's first ever Christmas Tree Festival which is running for three weeks in December.

More than 25 individually decorated, six-foot Christmas trees will light up the town’s All Saints Church from 6th December when a special event will officially launch the start of the festival. The church will then be open every day from 10am to 4pm until 28th December, and from 5pm to 7.30pm on a Thursday, giving people plenty of opportunities to come and take a look. Visitors will be asked for a voluntary contribution and donations will be made to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  

All of the trees will be unique, decorated by a business or organisation in the town in a theme personal to them. This might include anything from edible decorations from the cafes and delis or toys from the gift shops, to festive fashion from the boutiques or a bit of bling from the jewellery store.

The festival will begin with a ticketed open evening for 150 people held at the church on Thursday 6th December at 7.30pm and involving music, singing, wine and mince pies. Tickets cost £5 each and are available from various shops and cafes: Hunters of Helmsley, Libby Butler Jewellers, Porters, Pennitas, Salt Box, Helmsley Arts Centre, Duncombe Park shop, Browns, Topiary Tree and Elijah Todd newsagents.

The festival is a joint venture between Helmsley in Business and the town’s All Saints Church.

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Pennita from the Pennita of Helmsley boutique decorating her tree.

Chris Garnett, chairman of the Helmsley in Business group, said: “We wanted to do something a little bit different and as far as we know a Christmas Tree Festival is a first for Ryedale. We are very grateful to Reverend Tim Robinson at All Saints Church – the trees will look amazingly atmospheric in our beautiful, historic church, and as all the trees will be very different, decorated by a local business or organisation, there will be some really eye-catching designs to take a look at. It’s great to see all the town pulling together to put on such a fantastic festive event. We look forward to welcoming locals and tourists alike and helping them to get into the Christmas spirit this December.”

Deputy Chair, Carolyn Frank of Libby Butler Jewellers, said: “What could be nicer than a wander round the Christmas Tree Festival, afternoon tea in front of an open fire, and a look around all the quality independent shops in Helmsley to get you feeling Christmassy? Helmsley is the perfect place to do some relaxed Christmas shopping, avoiding the busy crowds and finding unique presents for all the family. As well as the late night shopping event, most businesses in the town are open every day in December and are opening extended hours in Christmas week, providing people with a chance to buy some last-minute Christmas treats in the run up to the big day."

Businesses and organisations in Helmsley which will be providing a tree include: The Black Swan, Browns, Carlton Lodge, Carters Countrywear, Celebrate Country Cake Design, CottonHouse, Cut Price Books, Depth Charge Design, Duncombe Park Shop, Elijah Todd newsagents, The Friends of Helmsley Arts Centre, Hunters of Helmsley, Libby Butlers Jewellers, Nice Things Gift Shop, Pennita, Porters Coffee Shop, Helmsley Post Office, Saltbox Gallery, Small Saints Sunday School, Stickman, Topiary Tree, The Toyshop and Viva Hair.

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